“You, Me and the Apocalypse” debut, 8-9 p.m., NBC.
After bumbling its
comedies for years, NBC took a wise step: It grabbed a British show,
remade it, and kept enough of the original to make this seem dark and
odd and very funny.
A comet will soon
strike the Earth, we're told, killing everyone ... except those who
reach a bunker in an English. Jenna Fischer plays a timid librarian,
wrongly convicted; Megan Mullally is a tough-talking inmate. Rob Lowe
is an eccentric priest with a shy nun as his assistant.
Republican debate, 9-11 p.m. ET, Fox News.
The final debate
before Monday's presidential caucuses in Iowa is expected to draw
lots of viewers. The leading candidates have a debate-style panel at
9, preceded by a forum for others, from 7-8 p.m.
Megyn Kelly, who
drew criticism from Donald Trump after the first Fox debate, is back
to anchor this one, with Bret Baier and Chris Wallace. She'll also
have her “Kelly File” at 11.
II: “Legends of Tomorrow,” 9 p.m.,CW.
Early in this second
episode, we sample the visual flash of these “legends.” Atom
zooms, Hawkman and Hawkgirl soar, Heat Wave and Captain Cold zap
their weapons, Firestorm blasts and White Canary swirls with
double-sword fury. The battle scenes – there are two tonight –
“Legends” is mixed. It's fun to have mismatched people forced
together, but here their thick-headedness seems arbitrary, designed
only to create problems and plot twists. “Legends” is better
during a quiet moment, when Professor Stein (Victor Garber) meets his
younger (and arrogant) self.
ALTERNATIVE: “London Spy,” 10-11:15 p.m., BBC America.
mini-series delivers the extremes we sometimes expect from cable. It
is deep and tangled, superbly written and acted; it's also achingly
slow and thick and (at times) frustrating.
Ben Whishaw has
triumphed in everything from Shakespeare to James Bond films (as Q)
and BBC's “The Hour.” Now he's Danny, drifting between gay
romances; then Alex, his stoic lover, disappears. Tonight, a complex
search puts Whishaw against some gifted veterans, including Charlotte
Rampling as Alex's maybe-mother, Jim Broadbent as Danny's mentor and
Clarke Peters as an ominous outsider.
“The Big Bang
Theory,” 8 p.m., CBS. In a funny rerun, Sheldon realizes Leonard
won't be living there, now that he's married to Penny. Vowing to
revert to his old ways, he interviews possible roommates.
“Jo Frost: Nanny
on Tour” debut, 8 and 10 p.m., UP. The former “Supernanny” is
back, with a brighter-looking show. Still, this opener – a South
Carolina family, with four kids, two parents and two grandparents –
is tough to watch. When a 2-year-old yells in a restaurant, it's just
shy of excrutiating.
“The 100,” 9
p.m., CW. The season opened last week with Clarke captured by Roan
(Zach McGowan of “Black Sails”). Now he's marching her, while
others want to capture, kill or rescue her. This seems like a stretch
at times; Clarke and Roan, both savvy, make key blunders. Still, it's
a tough, gritty hour.
“My Diet is Better
Than Yours” finale, 9-11 p.m., ABC. The eight-hour run concludes
with the five-kilometer run and a final weigh-in.
9 p.m., NBC. A medieval group has been revived, striking with
p.m., CBS. Two murders seem linked to the recruiting program of a
for-profit college. Also, Sherlock rages when learning his dad has a
p.m., FX, rerunning at 11:02. There's a thin line between funny and
merely pathetic; Chip (Zach Galifianakis) crosses it often. In last
week's terrific opener (rerunning at 10:33), he went from Paris
training to rodeo clown; now he crumbles some more. There are so-so
moments, salvaged by the side characters – a trainee, Chips' mom
(Louie Anderson) and his drab friend (Martha Davis).